From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 23, 1932

Cotton growing from old stalks

Reports still come to The Democrat of cotton growing from the old 1931 stalks.

J.C. Ballew, who lives on route 1, Cleveland, has found several stalks that are growing nicely and he believes will produce cotton again this year. He brought one of them to The Democrat office. Mr. Ballew says that in 1906 he saw cotton grown on the old stalks, but has seen none since then.

J.A. Eargle, who lives near Oneonta, also brought a stalk of this cotton to The Democrat office last week.

Unlucky dogs

One of the unluckiest things that can happen to a breed of dogs is to get fashionable, says the Cleveland Press. This means that the dogs will be transplanted in huge numbers from their natural environments to over-heated apartments. It means, in many cases, that hardy animals bred to hunt and fight will have to eat chocolates and sleep on silk pillows.

One of the popular breeds these days is the Scotch terrier. Certainly a rugged, warm-coated, tough-fibered outdoor dog if there ever was one. Yet – believe it or not – full-grown Scotch terriers may be seen on the streets of Cleveland wearing knitted sweaters on cold days. Think of the humiliation!

U.S. Army camels

Few persons know that once the United States Army employed camels as a means of transportation in the Southwest. The story of the experiment is interesting.

With a view to overcoming the difficulties of traversing the great American desert before there were any transcontinental railroads or highways, 75 camels were brought from Egypt and Asia Minor in 1856 by the War Department, while Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War.

The camels performed satisfactorily, but the Army “mule skinners” did not like the beasts, besides they frightened the Army horses and mules into a stampede on slight provocation. Before the experiment had progressed very far, the Civil War broke out and the project was abandoned, some of the animals being sold to circuses while others were turned loose. Some of these, grown wild, were seen in Arizona as late as 1909, and some believe that a herd still exists in the uninhabited wastes of that region.

-Darnall’s Newspaper Service